Quarterly Newsletter of
Friends of Jensen - Olson Arboretum
**Autumn Issue September (October! Yikes! Bears! Late Newsletter!) 2018
Quarterly News and Updates
In this issue: so many photo highlights...it's a DOUBLE ISSUE!
An early photo recap of 2018...(1 of 2 recaps)...enjoy!
The new Visitor Access Trail takes shape...many thanks to Trail Mix , Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club , Juneau Youth Employment in Parks , CBJ Landscape Crew , and JOA Staff
The new Visitor Entry Court takes shape...many thanks to seasoned JOA volunteer Bill Ehlers and his crew of dedicated family members as well as JOA Staff
JOA Staff as well as CBJ Landscape Crew and CBJ Building Maintenance Crew strategize about construction of the new Visitor Entry Panel which will provide a general welcome and orientation to the Arboretum...many thanks to those listed here as well as
to the Friends of Jensen - Olson Arboretum for providing partial funding
BugDay! 2018 A full recap will be part of the Winter TWIGS...stay tuned!
2019 - A Shift in Focus
Both 2017 and 2018 brought many infrastructure changes to the Arboretum including additions and upgrades. While all of these new hardscapes were much needed, and have been wholeheartedly welcomed by our visitors, planning and construction commitments diverted time away from what forms the basis of our existence – the plant collection. Another challenge to the collection was the unusual Winter weather pattern of 2017-2018, resulting in an adverse effect on our new plantings of 2017. 

The Word Garden was especially devastated. Heavily planted with many new species and cultivars of Primula as well as a new complement of Spring-blooming bulbs, these all settled in well and were healthy and robust going into Fall. However, we experienced a period of unseasonably warm weather in early December which melted the existing snow cover; many plants broke dormancy and began to grow, only to be hit by single digit temperatures during the end of the month. The majority of 31 new Primula and most of the new bulbs did not survive the Winter, resulting in obvious gaps this Spring. Additionally, as 2018 progressed, I missed seeing many of the specimen plants which have long graced the Arboretum beds. With work on the new parking lot, new visitor access trail, and new entry plaza taking the focus of our attention, growing and adding to the collection has temporarily taken a back seat.

As a new year approaches, I plan to work on activities which may not be readily apparent to the casual visitor…namely, sourcing and replacing the missing plants. This will be a gradual process as many that were lost were grown from seed. Many of these are not easily found in the trade, and there can be quite a lag time from sowing seed to blooming a plant. Sometimes that process can take years. An excellent example is one currently in the process – Paeonia rockii, a peony with large, pure white flowers named for one of the great plant explorers of the early 20 th century – Joseph Rock. The shiny, hard, black seeds take up to 2 years to germinate, and then spend the third year growing a single root. Another season brings the first shoot, and another 3 to 5 seasons bring the first bloom. A true lesson in patience! 

This Winter, I’ll peruse seed exchanges, public botanic garden seed lists, and trade catalogs to source new material. During the cold and dark, it is a satisfying endeavor which reminds one that Spring will be here before we know it. When it is, come visit your Arboretum, and look for signs of change…among the collection.
Merrill Jensen
** Editor's Note: Sincere apologies for the excessive delay in this Autumn issue...due to 5 weeks with as many as 8 (yes, 8!) bears at the Arboretum each day, every day, the Fall garden preparations were significantly delayed. By the time the bears had gone and staff could resume Fall gardening work, the seasonal staff had left for the year; the TWIGS Editor chose to volunteer for outside chores to help catch up rather than inside computer chores...so, again, apologies for the delay and look for the Winter issue to arrive in early December...
~ Look for these highlights in the Winter issue of TWIGS ~
* BugDay! 2018 recap * Poisonous plants and their place in a public garden  
* A final photo recap of 2018
*Arboretum 2019 Calendar of Events...look for it in March...

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         Mission Statement              
  The vision of the Arboretum is to provide the people of Juneau a place that both teaches and inspires learning in horticulture, natural sciences and landscaping - to preserve the beauty of the landscape for pure aesthetic enjoyment - to maintain the historical and cultural context of the place and its people.
                                                                                                                         Caroline Jensen 
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Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club
   Friends of Jensen - Olson Arboretum Board Members  
*Pat Harris, President *Morgan Humphreys Davis, Vice President *Kim Garnero, Treasurer 
Members at Large: Chiska Derr, Pat Hartman, Mary Mathisen, Pat White
Ex-Officio Member: Merrill Jensen
Newsletter Editor: Kelly Jensen
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Friends of Jensen - Olson Arboretum is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
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Caring for Caroline's Garden
Jensen - Olson Arboretum
23035 Glacier Hwy       Juneau, Alaska 99801    907.789.0139
Visitor Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 9am - 4:45pm, year round

Nationally Accredited Plant Collection TM of the genus Primula
Merrill Jensen, BS Ornamental Horticulture
Arboretum Manager and Horticulturist